We know how distressing, and often painful, a dental emergency can be, so we will always try to see you as soon as we can.
It is important not to ignore a dental emergency as it can lead to permanent damage or require more complicated treatment if not swiftly addressed. We will only arrange an emergency appointment if it is absolutely necessary, to help relieve pain or provide essential treatment.
These tips can help you in the meantime.
What can I do for toothache?
Take painkillers regularly to help relieve the pain. Often paracetamol or ibuprofen are helpful, but please remember to follow the instructions on the packet.
I have lost a filling
Insert a temporary shop-bought dental filling material into the cavity.
I have lost a crown
If the crown is still intact, you can use an over-the-counter dental cement.
If your crown is broken, keep all the pieces and cover the cavity in the same way as a lost filling.
I’ve chipped my tooth.
Keep any small pieces and rinse your mouth with warm water. A cold compress will help reduce any swelling, and you can apply a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding.
I’ve knocked out tooth.
We will be much more likely to save the tooth if you see us quickly, so call us as soon as you can.
Hold the tooth carefully by the crown (the part that would normally be visible in your mouth) and rinse gently with water, being careful not to scrub or remove any little bits of tissue.
Try to put the tooth back in position, making sure it is the right way round. If this is not possible, then place it in some milk (or water containing a pinch of salt).
I have an abscess
Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and apply a cold compress to ease any swelling. If you experience intense pain and swelling, accompanied by flu-like symptoms, you should go to your nearest A&E department.